The SITES program addresses increasingly urgent global concerns such as climate change, loss of biodiversity, resource depletion and pollution.
The Sustainable Sites Initiative (SITES) is based on the understanding that built landscapes can improve our communities by reducing the demand placed on natural resources, sustaining and regenerating healthy ecological systems and providing community benefits like clean air and water and gathering places for social connection. It is easy to assume that because a landscape looks green and lush, it is beneficial for our environment and society. Unfortunately, this is not always true. Therefore, SITES provides guidance and certification for designing and developing sustainable landscapes that can benefit the environment, property owners, and local and regional communities and economies by offering a voluntary rating system and a comprehensive set of guidelines for sustainable land design and development.
The SITES Rating System can be used by those who design, construct, operate, and maintain landscapes and can apply to projects located on sites with or without buildings, such as open spaces; streetscapes and plazas; commercial and corporate campuses; residential sites; educational/ institutional campuses; infrastructure-related projects; government/military sites; and industrial sites.